Erskine Visiting Fellows

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Erskine Visitors, joining us next week:

  • Professor Kerrie Sadiq joining the Department of Accounting and Information Systems from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia; and
  • Dr Jon Pitchford joining the School of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of York, UK.

We hope you have a wonderful time with us!


Are You a New Academic Staff Member? Read On…

Career Planning for the Early Career Academic is a programme designed to help you plan your career and examine the capabilities needed to succeed in an academic career.

We’ll equip you with practical tools, techniques and insights which will help you identify and develop your skills and abilities.

You’ll also have the chance to meet members of the Senior Management Team and hear from senior University staff about areas of research, teaching and service.

The programme is also about interacting with other colleagues, and you will be able to do this with new Academic staff from UC, Lincoln and Otago.

Does this interest you?
Find out more from our learning and development site: Career Planning for the Early Career Academic

Here’s what past participants have had to say about it:

“One of the big things for me was meeting people passionate about their research, teaching, and an academic career. I have a much better understanding of what an academic career involves, the dedication required, and the avenues for support.”

“Jarg’s presentation was particularly relevant and helpful. The teaching panel was also full of great information, and Larry is brilliant.”

“Overall, the programme was very informative and motivating. I consider the 2 days a very good time investment.”

Contact the Learning and Development team for further information



VOIP and Lync Phone Outage – Saturday 12 September

On Saturday 12 September, from 9.00am-11.00am,  there will be an outage to equipment supporting the phone system. For a short time during this period incoming and outgoing calls for both VOIP phones and Lync, may not complete and connected calls may be dropped.

IT Service Desk – your first point of contact for IT Services
Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri
Self Service Portal:
Phone: 03 364 2060 or Extn 6060
All requests logged after hours will be attended to during business hours.

Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons

We talked about Using Macrons on an iPhone or iPad, back on the 14  August.

For all you Samsung users, now’s your turn.
Here’s how you type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons.

(I’m referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 here, but the concept should be the same for other Samsung models. Yes, I’m an iPhone user.)

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.
Want to know more?

To enable a Macron when you’re typing on a Samsung Galaxy S4:

  1. When you’re typing, hold down the key for the character that requires a macron.
    – A small gallery appears, showing different accent examples for that character.
  2. Choose the example with the macron.
    – That character is inserted into your text, with a macron.
  3. Carry on typing.
  4. Repeat this process preceding each character that requires a macron.

NOTE: If you find you are missing the option for ō, install and set up the Google keyboard.

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Please leave a  comment below!

Have you seen these:
Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard
Type on a PC Using Macrons

Like these tips? Want to see MORE?

Learning and Development

Eco Week Volunteers needed Wednesday 16 September 12-1pm

Next week (Wednesday 16 September) the UC Sustainability Office in partnership with Generation Zero are running a Climate Kilometer Grand Parade!  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of climate change and the UC Climate Change Conference in Paris this November.

The Sustainability Office requires volunteers to marshal traffic in order to keep students and staff who are participating in the parade safe, plus comply with our Traffic Management Plan requirements.

Your time commitment will be no longer than an hour (12-1pm), and include briefing. You will also be supplied with a high visibility vest.

Not only will you be doing your bit for climate change, but you’ll get a double shot of feel-good factor knowing that you are keeping people safe as well!

If you can help, please email, or call xtn 6025


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